Five versions of Stonic are available in the UK, based on two trim lines – the mid-range grade ‘2’ and range-topping ‘First Edition’. Grade ‘2’ offers all three engines, while the ‘First Edition’ is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi units.
Engineered initially as a car purely for European customers, Stonic has the fun-to-drive characteristics expected by them, with immediate steering responses on twisting and often narrow roads, unshakeable stability at high motorway speeds and a smooth ride even on the varied and often neglected surfaces found throughout Europe. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are standard to mitigate against skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip.
VSM is linked to Torque Vectoring, Straight Line Stability and Cornering Brake Control. Torque Vectoring brakes an inner wheel if the car is in danger of running wide in corners, bringing it back onto the driver's desired line. Straight Line Stability senses any difference in applied brake pressure between the right and left of the car and intervenes to keep it straight, while Cornering Brake Control delivers asymmetrical brake pressure when braking in tight curves to counter loss of traction. All versions also have Hill-start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep inclines.
Autonomous Emergency Braking – a rarity in B-SUVs – and Lane Departure Warning System are standard with ‘First Edition’ and optional on grade ‘2’. The Lane Departure Warning System is linked to Driver Attention Warning, which can alert a drowsy or distracted driver that it is time to take a break, and High Beam Assist, which automatically switches the car between dipped and full beam according to the traffic around it and the local lighting.
The Stonic ‘First Edition’ also has Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to help prevent the car from being driven into the path of a vehicle approaching from an angle out of the driver's eye-line.
Standard features besides those for connectivity, safety and driver assistance include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows with an automatic function on the driver's side, roof rails, rear parking sensors, remote locking, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, a 3.5-inch supervision cluster, Bluetooth with music streaming, automatic light control, bi-function projection headlamps with static cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. There are body-coloured bumpers, door mirror casings and door handles, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 60:40 split rear seats. A six-speaker audio system is standard.
Beyond its additional connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems, the ‘First Edition’ adds two-tone paint with contrasting roof colour, a smart key entry system and engine start/stop button, stainless steel pedals, black cloth and grey faux leather upholstery with colour accents, automatic air conditioning, LED rear lights, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, heated front seats and D-shaped steering wheel, chrome window trim and interior door handles and a dual-height luggage floor.